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Old 04-23-2016, 10:48 PM   #1
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Painting the inside of a boler

Hi there! Just bought my boler this week and am very excited! The owner I bought it from had glued 'boat seat cushion' vinyl to the inside walls/roof, etc. I'm scared to take it of but would like to clean it up a bit. Would anyone know how to get the vinyl glue off once I remove the vinyl? I think she said she had originally tried to paint the original surface but the paint kept falling off and wouldn't adhere. Any suggestions on where to go from here?
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Old 04-24-2016, 02:44 AM   #2
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Hi there! Just bought my boler this week and am very excited! The owner I bought it from had glued 'boat seat cushion' vinyl to the inside walls/roof, etc. I'm scared to take it of but would like to clean it up a bit. Would anyone know how to get the vinyl glue off once I remove the vinyl? I think she said she had originally tried to paint the original surface but the paint kept falling off and wouldn't adhere. Any suggestions on where to go from here?
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Welcome to FGRV Melissa. Is the new wall covering in good shape ? If it's in good shape taking it off would leave you a huge mess. Contact cement doesn't really come off. Others have cleaned their wall coverings with good results and will be a long soon with what they used. Also after a good cleaning it can be painted too. It is possible that last owner didn't prep it correctly or used the wrong type of paint.
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Old 04-24-2016, 06:56 AM   #3
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I agree with Dave, try to clean the original Ensolite first, only paint as a last resort. If you absolutely have to here is the process I recommend, I know many have used this process with very good and lost lasting success. Cleaning & Decorating the Interior
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Old 04-24-2016, 07:04 AM   #4
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Replacing the interior in your boler is a big task. It also seems to be a controversial one on here. There will be an overwhelming number of posts telling you not to do it.
I replaced the carpet on the walls of my Boler, best thing I did. BUT it was not the easiest thing I did either. Especially the ceiling, it took me more than one attempt to get the ceiling to work the way I wanted. In all honesty replacing the carpet on the walls was no harder than hanging wall paper. And here is another but, I had all of the windows out, the kitchen was removed as were the dinette seats and the upper cabinets were loose.
As for removing the glue from a previous reno. Good luck. I tried a variety of tools. Using a wire wheel just covered me in fiberglass and made the glue sticky and glob together. I found scraping the shell with a large sharp chisel worked best, but be careful the shell is thin.
I reapplied new carpet that I bought off of Paul Neumeister (well known in Ontario and the northern states) . It was actually the leftover from Paul's own Boler when he replaced his interior. I did not use contact cement however, it didn't work since it seeped through the carpet. I used exterior carpet glue, it was great.
Either way remember it's your Boler and only you know how much of a task is too big for you.
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Old 04-24-2016, 08:17 AM   #5
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Thanks for the reply! The wall covering is in ok shape except she didn't finish around the windows. It just looks unfinished and doesn't have clean lines. So I guess it's not as easy as ripping it off and painting over everything or putting on new covering. What do most people have on the inside? Any suggestions on how to clean up the edges around the windows?
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Old 04-24-2016, 09:00 AM   #6
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Hi Melissa
If you could post a picture of what you have now that would be helpful.
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Old 04-24-2016, 10:35 AM   #7
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Most bolers have ensolite 'elephant hide' on the interior walls. Scamps have a fuzzy carpeting referred to as 'rat fur'.
Is there a way you can put a trim around the windows to cover the uneven edges? Perhaps a vinyl of a similar or contrasting colour that you could glue on.
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Old 04-24-2016, 11:25 AM   #8
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If painting I used Melimane Kitchen/Bath Paint on my pop corn. For repairs I used white NO Nails Glue. You can shape the glue if repair is visible.
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Replacing the interior in your boler is a big task. It also seems to be a controversial one on here. There will be an overwhelming number of posts telling you not to do it.
I replaced the carpet on the walls of my Boler, best thing I did. BUT it was not the easiest thing I did either.
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Most bolers have ensolite 'elephant hide' on the interior walls. Scamps have a fuzzy carpeting referred to as 'rat fur'.
I'm glad you made the distinction. Most the threads telling you not to replace the liner are referring to replacing the original ensolite.
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Thanks for the reply! The wall covering is in ok shape except she didn't finish around the windows. It just looks unfinished and doesn't have clean lines. So I guess it's not as easy as ripping it off and painting over everything or putting on new covering. What do most people have on the inside? Any suggestions on how to clean up the edges around the windows?
Head to a big fabric store and look in the trim section. Think of it as a creative decorating opportunity.
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